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Vice President Shen Yan Visits Kenya

From August 30 to September 4, 2015, the NSFC delegation led by its Vice President Shen Yan visited Kenya at the invitation of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF).

During the visit to ILRI, VP Shen met with Jimmy Smith, Director of ILRI and Dr. Ian Wright, Deputy Director of ILRI, who is in charge of scientific research. The two sides highly appreciated the on-going co-funding joint research program, and discussed on the topics including priority areas of cooperation and further strengthening of bilateral cooperation. VP Shen also attended the academic seminar organized by NSFC and ILRI jointly and made a speech at the opening ceremony of the seminar.

During the visit to ICRAF, VP Shen met with Dr. Tony Simons, Director of ICRAF and Dr. Ravi Prabhu, Deputy Director of ICRAF, who is in charge of scientific research. The two sides expressed satisfaction with the ongoing co-funding joint research program, and exchanged opinions on further strengthening bilateral cooperation, such as co-funding the key joint research.

During the visit, VP Shen also visited relevant scientific facilities and field research bases of ILRI and ICRAF. The visit has enhanced the mutual understanding between NSFC and the two insitututions,  which will promote and strengthen the cooperation between NSFC and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) including ILRI and ICRAF.

Accompanying VP Shen were Zheng Zhongwen from the Bureau of Finance, Hu Jingjie from the Department of Life Sciences, and Zhang Yongtao from the Bureau of International Cooperation.

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